The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on April 15, convened by KCBA President Steven Rovig.
Colleen Kinerk, KCBA Pro Bono Committee chair, briefed the trustees on two special projects being developed. First is a temporary expansion of KCBA's Kinship Care Solutions Project to support unaccompanied minor immigrant children. Second is a one-year program to provide legal assistance to undocumented immigrant parents of U.S. citizen children under President Obama's executive action. Board members expressed their support for the Committee's plans.
Rovig gave an overview of the executive director evaluation process, which was to be completed in May; presented highlights from the Breakfast With Champions in March; and reported on the Bench Bar Liaison meeting where discussions included the upcoming judicial survey and the Children and Family Justice Center project. Lastly, he reported on a meeting with a KCBA member about ongoing statewide efforts to permit non-lawyers to play increased roles in the delivery of legal services.
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch thanked the trustees for their help with final member recruitment which pushed KCBA ahead of this year's membership goal. He also encouraged trustees to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony held on April 23 for new admittees, and the Diversity Committee's annual meetings at the end of April with the law school deans regarding their efforts to increase diversity among the students and faculty.
Treasurer Jennifer Payseno reported that as of February 28, the end of the first eight months of the fiscal year, KCBA had received $2.6 million in revenue, with $2 million in expenses, for net income of $596,000. In addition, the Association has $1.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $866,000 in reserves. She also noted that the publications revenue will remain under budget until the end of the fiscal year when the WLPM is published and the special events revenue reflects just the MLK Luncheon. Section program revenue will show most of its activity in April and May when the Labor Law Section holds its annual conference. Finally, she alerted trustees that all expenses were at or below budgeted levels as of April.
Consultant Jocelyn McCabe briefed the trustees on the results of the communications audit that she completed on behalf of the Association. She explained the scope of the audit was a mix of qualitative and quantitative research practices that were employed to survey members, non-members and peer bar associations. Among her findings was a preference for communication via email; very limited visits to the existing website; and limited use of social media by attorneys except for LinkedIn. Her recommendations included refreshing the design of the website, shifting KCBA's social media focus to LinkedIn, and developing a formal strategic communications plan.
Second Vice President Kathryn Battuello briefed the trustees on the status of the statewide judicial performance evaluation proposal. A special board meeting was held on May 8 to allow for additional discussion time. After that meeting, trustees agreed that Rovig would transmit a letter summarizing the discussion to the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Young Lawyers Division Chair Lori Hurl announced that a new slate of trustees has been selected to serve on the Board beginning in July. She also reviewed plans for an upcoming CLE and invited trustees to attend the happy hour scheduled for after the program.
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